The Willard Weekly

February 13, 2022 - Volume 27

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

See's Candy Willard Annual Fund Fundraiser

Please support our WAF fundraiser while getting some spring treats! Orders will be shipped directly to your home. Thank you!


Willard Annual Fund See's Candies Fundraiser

February 14th: Hot Spot Exchange

If you currently have a HOTSPOT, please send it to school with your child on Monday to have it exchanged for the upgraded model. Many of the older models will be inactivated. Please see below for details.

HOTSPOT EXCHANGE

February 15th: Virtual School Tour @ 9:00am

Please help us spread the word to friends and families interested in learning more about Willard.

Tour Link:

https://pusd.webex.com/meet/brambila.maricela

February 15th: GATE Parent Meeting and Updates

Please see link below for details regarding PUSD's GATE program. This includes upcoming enrichment opportunities and parent meetings.


https://www.smore.com/t5fge

February 15th: Welcoming Schools @ 6:00pm

The Office of Family and Community Engagement is offering workshops for Community Assistants, Principals and Teachers, and workshops for Parents, on Welcoming Schools. Our goal is to provide knowledge and tools for staff and parents to reconnect and rebuild trusting relationships, and how to collaborate and work together as equal partners.

  • Welcoming Schools --Tuesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. Click HERE for the flyer and details.

February 17th: Transition to Middle School @ 6:30pm

Thursday, Feb. 17, Parent University presents “Transition to Middle School.” This virtual workshop will provide and overview of the high school years, including:

  • Overview of the Middle School years

  • The role of the counselor (Counselors will provide information on course offerings, daily schedule and homework

  • Academics and courses, extracurricular activities, after-school programs/activities

  • Social-emotional growth and support

  • How parental involvement changes in Middle School

  • Parent and Student panel will share their Middle School Experience

  • How to support your child at home & navigate PUSD

  • Beginning to prepare for college readiness

Join Meeting via Google Meet: meet.google.com/gym-srbf-abm

or Join by phone: (‪US‬)‪+1 484-998-0603‬
PIN: 988 929 049#‬

February 17th-25th: Free Dental Care from Young and Healthy

February 19th: Black History Month Celebration

All PUSD Families are welcome to join Pacific Oaks' Black History Month Celebration from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Please see details below.
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February 21st: Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL)

5th Grade Music is Back!

Dear 5th Grade Families,

Music is starting once again at Willard for 5th grade! Please remind your students to bring their instrument to school every Tuesday and Thursday.

Vroman's Teacher of the Year Contest

Vroman's is sponsoring a Teacher-of-the-Year contest. I think you will all agree with me that we have some of the most amazing teachers in town. Please see the link below for details on nominating your teacher.


https://www.vromansbookstore.com/vromans-bookstore-2021-2022-teacher-year

LET'S END QUARANTINES

City of Pasadena -Vaccination Contest

The City of Pasadena is sponsoring a video contest to encourage young people to spread the word about vaccinations. Please see the link and flyer below for details. Good luck, Wildcats!


VACCINATION VIDEO CONTEST

Get Your Wildcat Vaccinated

Did you know that students who are fully vaccinated do NOT have to quarantine if they are a Close Contact? As long as your child remains symptom free, your fully vaccinated Wildcat can remain at school. Let's put an end to quarantines (and keep our community healthy) by getting all our Wildcats vaccinated.


Find a clinic and book your appointment today. Go to:

http://myturn.ca.gov


PUSD MONDAY VACCINATION CLINICS


Pfizer 12+ Clinic

https://myturn.ca.gov/appointment-select?config=587f8a59-9b43-48d6-aaad-de9084d425d5


5-11 Vaccination Clinic Ed Center Pfizer ONLY South Parking Lot

https://myturn.ca.gov/appointment-select?config=d0931360-23bf-40be-8763-c14ccec620f1

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL

Supplies Needed

Dear Willard Families,

We are in need of a few supplies for our classrooms. Please consider purchasing from our Amazon Wish List. We appreciate all your support. Thank you!


WILLARD AMAZON WISH LIST

YEARBOOK on Sale Now!

Order your yearbook for the memorable 2021-2022 school year. The cost of the yearbook will be:

$20 Standard Yearbook

$25 Personalized Yearbook


For students in grades Pre-K to 4th please order HERE.

Please use this school code to access the site: 095804


5TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY:

Yearbooks for 5th grade families can be ordered HERE. You will also have the option to order dedications for your 5th grader to commemorate this special milestone.


Cost of Yearbook Ads:

$25 - 1/4 page

$50 - 1/2 page

$100 - full page


Please use this school code to access the site for 5th grade students: 189239

Yearbook Grades PK-4

School Code: 095804

Yearbook - 5th Grade Only

School Code: 189239

Willard Annual Fund

The Willard Annual Fund is a key source of funding for programs at our school. In the past, the WAF has paid for science lab, language classes, and our library coordinator.


Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund. Any amount helps. Thank you!


http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Willard

Donate to the Willard Annual Fund

All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for supporting our school.

IMPORTANT DATES

February 21st: 134th Rose Parade Poster Design Contest

Be a part of history by designing the poster for the 2023 Rose Parade.


THEME

The 2023 theme celebrates Turning the Corner. Whether that corner is actual—like the one signaling the parade’s start, or figurative like the unlimited potential that each new year brings—we all enjoy the opportunity of a fresh start. Turning a corner means rising above – alone, or with friends, family, and community, – it means realizing dreams and pursuing possibility. This year, as we turn the corner together, we share in the hope, beauty and joy of what 2023 will bring.

  • Contest open to all.
  • Entries due by Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Selected artwork will be used on the official 2023 Rose Parade Poster, as well as in various other forms of event promotion.


See link for details:

https://tournamentofroses.com/2023postercontest/

March 25th: Staff Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

March 31st: Shortened Day

April 1st: Cesar Chavez Day (NO SCHOOL)

April 4th-8th: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

IB - PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM

IB Evaluation Visit

In 2023, Willard will have an IB Evaluation visit which is conducted every five years. The self study process will begin next month and will ask all members of our community to be represented. This is a great way to learn about our program's strengths and areas for growth. We look forward to partnering with everyone on this journey.

COVID SAFETY AND PROTOCOLS

Masking Updates

Please see the following updates from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department for employees and students masking.



"Cloth face coverings alone are no longer acceptable, as they do not provide the same level of source control or personal protection as a proper surgical mask or higher level PPE."


“Better Options” are recommended for our students at this time. (Please see below.)

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In Person Meetings Suspended Until Further Notice

PUSD, in conjunction with the Pasadena Health Department, has asked us to suspend any in-person meetings/events to help slow the spread of Omicron. We will keep you updated if there are any changes. Thank you.

At Home Screening

Before leaving home all students, employees, and parents must conduct a self-check. Ask yourself these questions:


Do I have a fever?

Do I have a cough?

Do I have a sore throat or runny nose?

Am I experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?

Am I experiencing any other symptoms?

Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

In the last two weeks, have I been directed to quarantine, isolate or take a COVID-19 test?


Upon arrival at school, school staff will perform a brief check-in to verify that students have completed a symptom screening.

WILLARD UPDATES

Currently, Willard still has a 78% COVID testing participation rate (with the exception of students who have previously tested positive.)
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I'd like to remind everyone that students who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they are a close contact to a positive individual. Let's get our students vaccinated and keep them in school as much as possible.


Reminders regarding testing at Willard:

  • All unvaccinated employees will be tested weekly.
  • Willard Elementary school students will be tested weekly on Wednesdays.

RESOURCES

Family Handbook

Don't forget to see Willard's updated Family Handbook for the most current and comprehensive information.

Cafeteria Menus - Subject to Substitutions

BREAKFAST MENUS (February-June)

Breakfast - English


LUNCH MENU (February-June)

Lunch - English